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Protestors Burn Church in Niger Over Sheikh’s Arrest

Protestors Burn Church in Niger Over Sheikh’s Arrest

Country: 
Niger (the)
News Date: 
15/06/2019
Lancastrian
Summary: 

On Saturday, June 15th, 2019, a mob of Muslim protestors set a church ablaze in Maradi, the third largest city in Niger. The incident was a response to the arrest of a very prominent Imam who was arrested after he claimed the country’s proposed legislation on worship was “anti-Islamic”.

Eye-witnesses reported the incident to Agence France Presse (AFP) and highlighted that more than 150 Muslim protestors had marched to the Assembly of God church in the Zaria neighborhood on Saturday evening. They laid barricades across the road and burned old tires in protest. After setting the church ablaze, they also burnt the pastor’s car but thankfully, no injuries were recorded. A second church was raided nearby.